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With so much time spent indoors lately, the MyDomaine editors have had ample time to toy around in the kitchen. That’s precisely why we polled the team for their must-have kitchen gadgets—the tools that make cooking more enjoyable and efficient.
From super-powerful blenders that can whip up your morning smoothie in a matter of seconds to milk frothers that make it possible to recreate your favorite Starbucks drink at home, these are the kitchen gadgets we can’t get enough of.
Bodum Chambord French Press
"This classic French press probably gets more use than anything else in my kitchen. As I go to sleep each night, I dream of the amazing pot of coffee with which I will start the following day, always brewed in this beauty. The design is simple but sleek, and the coffee it makes is reliably delicious. It's simple to rinse and wash and store in the cabinet for the next day. Everyone should own one."—Mélanie Berliet, general manager
Vitamix Professional Series 750
"Smoothies are a go-to breakfast of mine, but surprisingly many blenders aren’t up to the task of blending frozen fruit day after day. I’ve dealt with damaged pitchers, burnt out motors, and a lumpy, unsatisfying end product. After copious amounts of research, I decided to upgrade to a Vitamix—and I’m thrilled that I did! The blender is extremely powerful, and can pulverize frozen fruit in just 60 seconds. I’ve had my blender for over four years now, and it works just as well as the day I unboxed it."—Allison Bean, editorial director
simplehuman Voice+Sensor Control Can
"After years of living with just a tiny garbage can under my sink, quarantine made it clear it was time to upgrade. Spending more time at home means I'm cooking for myself a lot more and generating more waste (not to mention the fact that I'm leaving the apartment far less, so taking the trash downstairs feels like more of a chore). My simplehuman can is sleek, stylish, and most importantly efficient. Its stainless steel exterior complements the rest of my appliances, and I love that it has the ability to be controlled by voice or motion sensor—no more touching with dirty/food-covered hands. And honestly, it's become a source of entertainment to see it occasionally open when someone on a zoom call says the word 'open,' but maybe that's the isolation talking."—Bridget Mallon, associate editorial director
KitchenAid 3.5-Cup Mini Food Chopper
"This mini food processor was 100 percent an impulse buy—the Ice Blue color got me—but it quickly turned into one of my go-to gadgets. The tiny appliance saves loads of time on simple but consuming tasks like chopping garlic and onions. We use it a lot to whip up pestos, dips, and guac, too."—Chelsea Stuart, senior commerce editor
Aerolatte Steam Free Milk Frother
"Thanks to TikTok, I am positively obsessed with the almond milk cold foam at Starbucks. But after months of brewing my own coffee at home during quarantine, I decided I was not about to let myself fall back into my old ways of spending a small fortune on iced coffee. I picked up this Aerolatte milk frother (which costs less than I would spend in a week at Starbucks) to try to recreate my beloved almond milk foam at home. After a few weeks of use, I'm almost convinced that I could have a second career as a barista. It's extremely easy to use, and gives my morning coffee the extra oomph it needs to stop me from driving to a coffee shop."—Karli Bendlin, email editor
KitchenAid 5-Speed Immersion Blender with Case and Attachments
"Cloud eggs, fluffy coffee, smoothie bowls...All of these Insta-friendly recipes have been made incredibly easy thanks to my KitchenAid immersion blender. It comes with a series of attachments, from a whisk to various blender blades to a food processor, and even a blender carafe with measurement markings, all of which I've put to good use over the last few months. It's quick to set up and so much easier to clean than my heavy-duty Ninja blender, so I don't dread recipes that tell me to 'combine in a blender' anymore."—Kate Geraghty, senior commerce editor
Vive Comb 4-in-1 Multi-Function Manual Juicer
"My kitchen is truly tiny, so I don't have a lot of space for fancy equipment. When I do invest in a new gadget, I need it to be versatile. This manual juicer is the answer to my prayers. It helps me seamlessly juice citrus for cooking (or more likely, cocktails), acts as an egg separator, and also comes with a two-way grater for things like garlic or ginger. It can even be used as an extra measuring cup thanks to the handy ounce, mL, and cup markings on the side of the bowl. Major bang for your buck with this one."—Caroline Utz, associate editor
Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker
"When my boyfriend told me he was purchasing 'the Cadillac of rice cookers,' I was suspicious. But cooking with the Neuro Fuzzy, each individual grain of rice comes out like a work of art—no more mushy spots stuck to the side of the pot. We make sushi rice, which is delicious enough to eat on its own or with some toppings, but the best part is turning it into fried rice a day later. The grains hold their moisture for the perfect base to any fried rice dish you can imagine. Think you're fine with your old rice cooker? Think again."—Kathryn Vandervalk, senior content and growth analyst